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Android users have had a bit of a love-hate thing going on with Netflix in recent years. Even after a series of updates, the Netflix app was barely usable. Even so, it was the single best source for streaming video on Android and one of the few apps supporting the Chromecast. Starting today, we can put a stop to hate by simply updating our apps. Netflix v3.0 is rolling out to everyone with a completely revamped interface. Because no one like waiting for staged rollouts, we have the APK for you to download right now.

2013-10-16 04.38.38 2013-10-16 04.39.09

The overall layout hasn't really changed, but everything is much sharper. The screenshots and covers seem nicer and the entire app feels completely different the instant you touch it. Scrolling actually... you know, scrolls. It's as smooth as any app I can think of now, which is saying a lot when you consider where we're coming from. In addition to the much smoother UI, the app now has a proper action bar up top with the overflow menu button on the right and hamburger navigation drawer opposite that. The trigger for the drawer is a little small, but it does what it's supposed to.

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2013-10-16 04.39.35 2013-10-16 04.39.48 2013-10-16 04.40.09

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If you have a Chromecast, you'll be happy to hear the new Netflix app is much nicer about interacting with that device. The lock screen playback control no longer takes over the entire screen – it occupies a spot like any other lock screen widget. The in-app remote function has also been cleaned up a touch. We've got the APK mirrored below if you just can't wait to get your hands on the new Netflix client.

2013-10-16 04.44.00 2013-10-16 04.44.31 2013-10-16 04.44.46

[Thanks, Diego Díaz]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Phil Oakley

    Does it support profiles yet?

    • Rob Earls

      Good question. I want my kids to browse safely.

    • Diegojdiaz

      Unfortunately, no.

      • Cherokee4Life

        you have to be kidding me right?

        • Matthew Fry

          They've been working on this instead. I'd prefer a better working app than profiles (of course, my wife might say differently)

          • Cherokee4Life

            yeah except when your wife is the default profile so when you open the app you have chick flicks galore and none of the good tv shows on there

          • Courtney

            There is an advantage to your wife's profile being the primary and only one available on Android.
            For example. I will view seasons of shows that she has not yet watched and move the time-bar to a random point, back out and go on to the next.
            I also start questionable films and documentaries, move the time-bar a minute or two in and go find another.. When she sets down in the break room at her office with her tablet, she occasionally gets a WTF look courtesy of me.

        • nicotinic

          no pun intended...

    • Sir_Brizz

      Want to hear something odd? The Google TV version of Netflix _does_ support profiles. There doesn't seem to be any logical reason that the regular Android version doesn't.

      • Jason E Perkins

        Is there a good reason they're keeping the GTV app and mobile app separate?

        • Robb Nunya

          IT works differently. It's set up for keyboard input vs touch input. I have a Google TV, and a couple of Android sticks, and my only gripe with the sticks is that the Google TV app is much better than the Tablet app (on a TV using a mouse pad integrated into a keyboard).

          • Sir_Brizz

            I have the LG GA6400 and it doesn't even allow mouse input. No clue why. I have to navigate with button presses and it is possibly the worst Netflix experience I have ever had (close to the Wii).

            My guess is that they don't have access to APIs they are currently using on Google TV for some reason, partially because it is Android 3.2 still. However, I am not sure why they would be so disparate that the Google TV version of the app would support profiles while no other version currently does.

    • Steven Santinelli

      The latest Google TV version running on my renue and vizio does support profiles.

    • John O’Connor

      Not that it matters because the Profiles issue hasn't completely worked itself out as far as Primary User recommendations and history for being segregated are concerned.

  • David Walton

    Doesn't want to work in UK - error message on launch about connectivity. This is fixed by rebooting device (GNexus) but then another error about incorrect time/date is displayed when signing in. Must be a region specific .apk

    • Barry Ward

      I'm in the UK and it worked perfectly for me. Installed the apk, ran the app, and it logged me in automatically as usual

    • GazaIan

      The incorrect date and time may be just because you launched the app too soon after rebooting. On every boot with some Android devices, the time is reset and then synced with the server. Sometimes it isn't quick enough, and apps will fail if they start before the time is corrected.

    • Stylus_XL

      Worked fine for me too (I'm in the UK). No issues on my Nexus 4.

    • tunhuk66

      No problem here in Sweden. Works exactly as intended. I like the update BTW ;-)

  • Shitiz Garg

    CHROMECASTING FTW!

  • Spasillium

    Awww yiss!

  • Jens Holst Schumacher

    What about profiles!

  • Firelight

    I, too, need profiles.My daughter loves to watch kids programming on Netflix on her tablet. Too bad we can't let her without managing it for her. I don't need her watching things on our queue that are not "inappropriate" but certainly not intended for children (like we just started watching HEMLOCK GROVE).

    • Phil Oakley

      Exactly. My brother and I (we're twins, so the same age) have two profiles on one account, one for me and one for him, so we each pay half each month. He's on iOS so he's fine, but I have to watch stuff on his profile, which is so annoying.

      I'd also love the option of passwording a separate profile.

      • Sir_Brizz

        Agreed. The profiles aren't nearly as good as they should be.

    • Wyatt Neal

      The real need for profiles is so my wife doesn't mess with my viewing recommendations every time she starts Bridezillas (ugh...)

      • ZPHBBX

        Could be worse, my 4 year old daughter uses my tablet, so my recommendations range from "Firefly" and "Dr Who" to "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" and "The Littlest Petshop". Thankfully she got bored with Dora.

        • Brad

          I'm an adult and my recommendations aren't much different... Watch any cartoons at all and suddenly here's elmo recommendations.

    • Patrick Steele

      I caught my niece watching R rated anime. Now I get those as recommendations.

      • Brandon Bradley

        Probably not much worse than those minecraft videos my son is always watching

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Still no HD streaming on my HTC One (4.3) this is unacceptable!

    • Jacob Nørgaard

      Odd, since it's on my Samsung Galaxy S4.

    • Replicant Jason Booth

      why would i want a standard def stream on a device with the highest ppi...its going to look like crap smh. idk why this isnt a priority for netflix.

    • Diegojdiaz

      Indeed an odd finding. I'm pretty sure they updated the app to support Android 4.3 devices to a full extent, I have no device to check this on...

  • Rucknrun

    No profiles sucks.

  • Roberto Ingrosso

    Am I wrong or do they show a Toast everytime you open a detail page?
    This seems pretty "debug" to me.

    Great update tho!

    • Diegojdiaz

      The new Netflix app does show a 'toast' every time one opens an info pane. It feels very much like a horse at a rabbit party, in other words, out of place.

  • Magneira

    It never had any lad or slow down on my nexus 7 (2013) lets see now how it gets.

    • Stylus_XL

      LOL! You can't be serious with this. The previous version of the Android Netflix app was very stuttery when you scrolled around the lists of titles. It's much better now.

    • Diegojdiaz

      The 2.4 version of the Netflix app had a lot of slow downs, it lagged just waiting for it to load... I have the same tablet as you, I hated using it because it was unbearable... It will suffice now, though I wish they had implemented the Profiles feature from its web counterpart.

  • DavidB

    Installed the APK on my Kindle Fire HD 8.9.
    Still no profiles support. That blows.

  • turdbogls

    anyone know if they fixed the 2013 N7 bluetooth streaming bug? it would hesitate/lag the audio over BT, but any other device i used it worked fine, also worked fine over wired headset. didn't have my headset with me this morning when i updated.

  • andyr354

    Jesh, my IOS versions have had profiles for two months now.

    COME ON Netflix get with it.

  • wafi

    Does it do HD?

    • Sam Hollis

      If you're on 4.3, it should. Google added in with 4.3 the DRM support that satisfy Netflix's contractual requirements with studios to stream HD.

      • Fifth313ment

        I think this is all BS as Comcast just added HD to their app and I am running Android 4.1 and get a ton more content from every studio. So what gives? If Comcast has HD in any version of Android why doesn't Netflix which has less content (and much older). Also no profiles, WTF?

        5th

        • Sam Hollis

          Contracts, I'm guessing. Comcast would already be buddy buddy with the studios.

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        it was initially only for Nexus 7 2013, someone replied to my comment saying it works on their S4 so wonder why not my HTC One

        • Sam Hollis

          I'm not sure if there's anyway to check. I believe it was a 4.3 thing though. You should get it if you're on 4.3

      • wafi

        Thx, yup, have 4.3 on all my nxs devices.

    • Replicant Jason Booth

      nope

  • MeCampbell30

    Finally a 10 second rewind button like hulu!

    • Sir_Brizz

      Uhhh... they've had this for a while now...

  • Dan L.

    I'm at a loss. Why is profile selection not a priority? I want to be able to have my daughter be able to have just her stuff on her tablet and not mess up my suggestions. grrrrrr

    • miri

      It'll be there before the year's end.

      • Matt Alexander

        Source?

        • miri

          In the announcement they said profiles would roll out to Android in the fall.

          • b1t3m3

            well....it's fall and an update came..but no profiles :(

          • miri

            Still have 3 months, bud.

          • Fuck You Malcolm Brown

            Fall ends in one month now. Still no profiles.

          • miri

            Still have a month, bud.

  • Linda A.

    A step in the right direction, but a step nonetheless. Thanks AP

  • Fewt

    The absolute worst app on my tablet may get a little less crappy? I don't believe it.

    • unni123456

      Sorry. Now that title goes to Skype. Netflix is at least functional.

  • Mystery Man

    Can you limit data usage now via crap quality option?

  • sidney

    i phone says cant load files what seems to be the problem

  • Anne Noise

    I updated to this because the old 2.x version wasn't working on my tablet. (Rolling back to 1.8.1 worked, but bleh.) This has the same eternal loading issue - I get into my account, but get stuck at the loading screen on any video selected. Bleh, again.

    • gierso

      saved me from checking :P

    • Diegojdiaz

      What tablet are you using? Loading times were dramatically reduced on my Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 4. I see less of the loading icon with the new update.

      • Anne Noise

        The tablet is a Lenovo something or other, haha, sorry, I gave it to my dad for the weekend for a trip he's on - and while on the way, the Netflix app updated again and now works fine! Victory, somehow!

  • Ancan

    This post just made me pissed we don't have Futurama on Netflix in Sweden.

    • mauswe

      mediahint bro

    • Lars Jeppesen

      google "watch netflix usa from sweden"

  • Beta joe

    Dear Netflix please join a beta program so we can get cutting edge builds
    Signed a Chrome cast user

  • Replicant Jason Booth

    full hd support?

    • DEExoNI

      Doesn't look it, if it does.

      • Replicant Jason Booth

        yeah i dont see it at all either....bummer :-(

  • Matthew Fry

    I feel like maybe... Netflix customers want profiles on their Android devices. I have no real evidence but... just a feeling.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    Ugh, can I finally manage my disc queue?

    • Diegojdiaz

      No, I don't think so.

  • NEXI OR NEXUSES

    The previous version had a lot of horrible bugs that forced me to do annoying workarounds, like the one where the app refused to respond during playback which I had to fix by force close the app, then change volume OUTSIDE of the app and then open it up again. The bugs that forced me to reboot my device were almost preferrable.

    So... I hope this version fixes at least some of those bugs!

    • Diegojdiaz

      Nexuses... To answer your question. Or statement. I'm curious as to which device would have so many bugs?

      • NEXI OR NEXUSES

        Nexus 7 2013, Stock rom.

        • Diegojdiaz

          Odd, I have the same device and only encountered issues with scrolling; the lack of features made it unbearable. Other than that, it served its purpose without a hiccup in playing videos, especially nothing having to do with sound and volume, nor reboots (at least none that I would attribute to the Netflix app).

          • NEXI OR NEXUSES

            It might have been something else, sure, but it ONLY happens with the Netflix app. And the system doesn't reboot automatically, I mean that sometimes the app refuses to start up properly (usually it's stuck at the loading screen) and the only thing that fixed that was to reboot the device. Once I had to reinstall the app to fix that issue as a reboot didn't help.

  • cody kain

    Still needs the option for continually playing when watching a show maybe not so much on the phone although it deff needs It for Chrome cast though.

  • Forget_you

    damn they need to put profiles in. is it that hard to do?

    • Diegojdiaz

      I don't know if it's a matter of the app being difficult to code but rather, the resources that they are putting into the application. The Android Netflix app is behind the Wii in features. The Wii, of all devices! My brother comfortably enjoys his own profile on his Wii, while I am stuck without such feature. There must be some hesitation in being so close to Google and its Open Source OS, but Chromecast would suggest otherwise. It is definitely not justifiable to leave us out.

      • CoreRooted

        The version for Google TV does support profiles so it has nothing to do with Google and the OS.

        • Diegojdiaz

          Touché. I wasn't implicating it, only speculating and I forgot that the Google TV supports most of Netflix's features.

          • CoreRooted

            Which is actually kind of sad as I hate the GTV interface. No mouse support and really clunky. It's one of those apps that just doesn't fit into the GTV design at all.

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    Why is this app so ugly? I never understand when gigantic corporations with a lot of cash can't beat a kid in his bedroom. Anyway, profiles are a must, but making the app something decently looking should be up there too.

    • Diegojdiaz

      Their aesthetic choice in using black rather than white seems questionable, as well as its use of a 'home' icon next to its counterpart, other than that, I think the app does a reasonable job of being clean. What do you dislike about its aesthetics?

  • Raj Singh

    Try forwarding or reversing a scene by 30 seconds or 1 minute. It's pretty brutal. They should use gestures like MX Player. You just put your finger anywhere on the screen and scroll left/right with the play time scrolling as you slide your finger. It shows +17 seconds or -17 seconds or however many you need to go back or forward. I don't like that interface on Netflix for Android.

  • AnthonyRyan89

    yayy !!! I can finally use Netflix on my nexus 7 now.

  • http://www.ellianth.com Ellianth

    I see the stupid unusable side scrolling is still there...

  • Ancan

    New version keeps buffering,and sometimes the picture freezes for 20 seconds or so, while the sound continues. Anyone else have this issues?

  • Replicant Jason Booth

    The playback resolution on my 1080p 468ppi htc one is capped at 532x384....are you kidding me. Ive tried everything to get it to play in hd...my connection is 18+ megs i shouldn't have any issues.

    • Justin

      I have been looking for this information since the update. My wife's iPhone 5s picture is 10x better than my one! This is unacceptable!

  • Scott McDermott

    Netflix is awful while using an MHL device for your tv. I don't understand why it won't display the video in HD. Youtube does it. Why not Netflix? Instead we are left with a squished 4:3 video of a native widescreen image.

  • thajack

    And still no ability to manage your DVD queue.

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